Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring is Almost Here!

Hello everyone!
Well the last week and a half has been crazy. Numerically we've been on the low side BUT we've still had quite a few successes. We've spent a lot of time doing service which has been awesome. The first day was actually over a week ago. We helped a non-member do some yard work to help her house get in order so she could sell it. That day, we had quite the breakfast of champions: muddy buddies and peanut butter chocolate Pop-Tarts. Yum!
This week we helped the same person on the day her house was supposed to be shown by the realtors. She had a pipe break in her bathroom and there was a good inch of water throughout a lot of her main floor. Luckily we had some members who were informed as well and had a shop-vac so we got everything dried, but all of the floors and some of the dry wall will still need to be replaced unfortunately.
The same day as the pipe-break, we helped a great new family move into our ward. They came from Nevada and they live about a minute from us!
Saturday our investigator, Cheyenne, got baptized! We've been meeting with her for several weeks and it was such a special occasion! Her whole family was there and the spirit was incredible! Of course I was bawling the entire time, but there really is nothing as sweet as watching someone who has truly accepted the gospel in it's entirety change their life and use it to influence those around them.
This week we also had a Zone Meeting and our mission president came! He took us and the sisters in the other ward out to lunch and that was awesome! Sometimes it is nice being a sister- we get so spoiled!

Yesterday night we had David Glen Hatch come and do a fireside in our little Terre Haute chapel! For those who don't know who he is, let's put it this way: he's a world class pianist, composer, arranger AND member of the church. I got to shake his hand, but I didn't get a picture since my camera wasn't on me. Go figure. It was a crazy cool experience to listen to him play. One of our investigators and her father came! She really enjoyed it and I hope she was able to feel the Spirit because it was strong! We have an appointment with her tomorrow, so we will be able to follow up some more on her experience. Maybe this will help her come to church again!

Last but certainly not least: I have a cold again. Oi! The day it finally warms up and is in the 60s I've got the sniffles and I've not been able to sleep for about the last week! >.< If I don't start feeling better in a day or two I want a refund on spring.
Sooooo as a missionary, of course it's my duty to encourage you all to create FAMILY MISSION PLANS! That's right: you and your spouse/children/siblings need to get a piece of paper and write down a family goal that you can work towards (reactivating a less-active family, inviting your non-member friends into your home to have dinner, finding referrals for the missionaries, etc.) and then create individual goals which will help you start having more gospel centered conversations. Think about it this way: how many of you can have a conversation with a non-member about family, school, work, hopes and aspirations? Well, have that conversation and then tie in how the gospel has helped you achieve those things. Simple, no?

Also! If you don't have one already, get yourself a Mormon.org profile! When you do that and you have a non-member friend/associate ask you questions, direct them there. You can pull up your profile to show them in a non-threatening way and once they get on, their curiosity will increase and they will start looking at other profiles and answers to questions or a myriad of sweet videos. There are tons of simple ways to help the Spirit touch our friends lives. let's do our part!

Love all!
Sister Ruth

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